The human heart was—and remains—a mystery to me. But I’m learning. I have to. —Anthony Bourdain

What made me happy, September 18, 2023

Status report: Jetlagged and under the weather. Going hack to routine will take a second, but a welcome return.

What’s made me happy lately:

1. The opportunity to be away. I have been able to see my favorite cities on the other side of the world, and it was wonderful. A breather from all the grief. A way to refresh and reset. Even if it was a monumental hit to my wallet, it was worth it. There are memories I will keep with me for a lifetime, and a perspective that I rarely get from my cocoon of safety. I am eternally grateful for the happenstance of availability and ability. I have fallen in love with a place and my heart beats for the next time I can go back.

2. Fudge. I am a child. A child who will perish from sugar and butter consumption that is now on the uptick because of the most adorable old men making fudge in most cities I went to. Hello diabetes, bye bye edges.

3. Seeing Ophelia. From my senior year paper on her, to seeing her in the flesh, and being able to just stare solo, my life has reached a point. Ophelia by John Everett Millais depicts the character from Hamlet with the same name. She is haunting in her despair, her eyes have lost hope. I could hardly tear myself away.

Songs: Hello, Goodbye by the Beatles

Rocketman by Elton John

Wish You the Best by Lewis Capaldi

What’s made you happy lately? -J

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